His essay summarizes many of the less-technical issues
that anyone working in a "product development" environment should read. It is primarily focused on team relationships and dynamics that occur in these environment. While there is some programming specific information such as "How to Debug using a Log" (and I agree that debuggers can be overrated), the majority of topics are more along the lines of "How to deal with Difficult People", "How to Trade Off Time vs. Space", and "How to Tell People Things They Don't Want to Hear."
But the section I can't agree more with is "How to Debug by Splitting the Problem Space". This is more than a mantra for debugging software, this is a guide that can be used for solving all life's problems. Divide and conquer has proven itself historically, and will continue to prove itself as en excellent paradigm for (re)solving problems.
I've spent my share of online time playing various role playing games, or RPG's, ORPG's (online role playing games), MORPG's (multiplayer online roleplaying games), and even MMORG's (massively multiplayer online role playing games) but I have never experienced anything as odd as The Kingdom of Loathing (KOL to those in the know).
A quick google search brought up this entry at juju.org where they speculate it is a Hare Krishna spammer:
X-Gmail-Received: e3b2e65e2df46917485c243c6dd426a5aeb71dcc Delivered-To: xxxxxx Received: by 10.54.96.20 with SMTP id t20cs43074wrb; Wed, 10 Aug 2005 13:08:18 -0700 (PDT) Received: by 10.38.24.58 with SMTP id 58mr358089rnx; Wed, 10 Aug 2005 13:08:18 -0700 (PDT) Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: from host213-120-27-8.webport.bt.net (host213-120-27-8.webport.bt.net [220.127.116.11]) by mx.gmail.com with SMTP id 71si3431438rnc.2005.08.10.13.08.16; Wed, 10 Aug 2005 13:08:17 -0700 (PDT) Received-SPF: neutral (gmail.com: 18.104.22.168 is neither permitted nor denied by domain of email@example.com) From: "Neateye" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "xxxxx" <xxxxx> Subject: Gouranga Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 21:08:16 +0100 Reply-To: "Neateye" <email@example.com> Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> MIME-Version: 1.0 X-Priority: 3 (Normal) Importance: Normal X-Mailer: EM: 22.214.171.1240 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Call out Gouranga be happy!!! Gouranga Gouranga Gouranga .... That which brings the highest happiness!!
Odd thing is, it gives the same reply address as in April 2003! Just coming via different (hijacked?) relays.